Does Your Business Need a Board?

As your business changes so too does the need to consider implementing a governance structure to help support and maintain business success. This course helps you determine if your business is ready to establish a board, as well as deciding on the right type of board.

Learn first-hand from experienced facilitators and fellow business owners and gain the clarity and direction you need during this critical phase.

Right course for you

Is this course right for you?

This online course is suitable for business owners and managing directors who are:

  • in the process of changing their business; or
  • considering implementing a board; or
  • seeking to review their existing governance structures.

As part of an online cohort, with the support of your online tutor, you will explore:

  • duties and responsibilities of the sole managing director and business owner;
  • the meaning and importance of governance for small and medium businesses;
  • key objectives, priorities and critical trade-offs faced by owners and managing directors;
  • governance boards versus advisory boards;
  • board succession planning; and
  • how to set up an advisory or governance board.
Course learnings

What will you learn?

The course will help you understand the appropriate structure for your business and what a board would bring to it. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the most appropriate governance structure for your business;
  • Effectively implement an advisory or governance board;
  • Better understand the duties and responsibilities of a director and how this relates to your role as owner or managing director;
  • Implement a robust succession plan for your board; and
  • Work to secure the long-term viability of your organisation.
Course expectations

What can you expect?

Our flexible online courses fit into your busy schedule and feature the same expert guidance and support as our face-to-face sessions. Our online tutors are experienced company directors, selected for their extensive knowledge of the board environment and their ability to engage and connect with participants.

Participants will:

  • Be part of a cohort learning together over the structured four-week course
  • Review resources and information independently week-by-week
  • Check in with fellow participants to test their assumptions, discuss dilemmas and share experiences using online discussion forums
  • Access support from an online tutor on our online discussion forums and two live (and recorded) virtual classrooms
  • Be required to spend at least 1.5 to 2 hours per week reviewing materials and participating in course activities
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Course Outline

Below is a week-by-week breakdown of the course.

Week 1:

  • Overview of Small-to-Medium Sized Businesses
  • Key Considerations for Business Owners

Week 2:

  • Board Advisory Committees
  • Governance Overview

Week 3:

  • Board Roles and Responsibilities
  • Director Roles and Responsibilities

Week 4:

  • Effective Boards
  • Case Studies
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The pricing for this course is as follows.

Member: $475.00

Non-member: $570.00

Why learn with us?


The content

Our programs and courses are designed by expert educators with the input of experienced directors and subject matter experts. The contemporary content is updated annually and includes case studies and real-life examples to ensure relevancy for today's and tomorrow's directors.

The experienced tutors

With our rigorous selection criteria, we recruit faculty boasting extensive real-world director experience and the ability to create an interactive learning environment.

The cohort of governance participants

You'll spend time connecting with, learning from, and sharing experiences with, a broad range of high-calibre senior executives and directors who are passionate about improving performance (for Online Education courses only).

The recognition

We offer highly-regarded and established governance and directorship programs. By participating, you are demonstrating your commitment to good governance practice, and have the opportunity to earn post nominals that associate you with Australia's leading organisation for directors and are recognised by the wider director community.

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